If you search “Divorce Mediation Alberta” you’ll see many articles that recommend family mediation for divorce, but they don’t really tell you what it is.
Mediation is a quality conversation between you and your spouse (or ex spouse) with the assistance of a neutral third party. If you can be in the same room as your ex, a mediator can help you solve even your most contentious disagreements.
Divorce mediation is having all those uncomfortable conversations in a comfortable setting. You feel heard, encouraged to speak, and you aren’t worried about your spouse’s reaction because you have someone there to make sure the conversation stays productive. Mediation is a conversation that yields results. By results, we mean a final, mutually agreed-upon settlement. You don’t ever have to have ugly conversations on your own again.
Use Divorce Mediation to Save Money
Mediation saves you money. One session can help you avoid a lengthy court battle.
One mediator helps both spouses, whereas you each require your own lawyer if you go the litigation route.
If you’re trying to resolve your divorce fairly and easily, mediation can help.
We also provide a FREE resource for navigating conflict called our Conflict Cheatsheet. Download yours using the button below.
Mediation: What you Should Know
Mediation is an alternate method of solving a dispute between individuals or parties who want to avoid litigation. The neutral third person facilitating the process is known as a mediator. Unlike lawyers, mediators are not on anyone’s side.
Mediators are professionals that have received training in resolving disputes. They cannot show bias to any one party throughout the mediation process.
Your mediator’s job is do whatever is necessary to help you and your ex reach an agreement.
Often when there is a dispute the couple wants to avoid court. This is a good idea, because trials are expensive, take a long time, and the outcome is not in the hands of either spouse. The court can and does enforce decisions that neither person wants.
Mediation is the only forum where the parties have complete control over the outcome. The role of a mediator could vary from being a convenor, an educator, a facilitator, an advisor or even a catalyst so as to help the parties reach an agreement.
Your mediator will ask you questions regarding the dispute and what kind of settlement you may be looking at. This is so they can understand your expectations, and can find common ground between the two parties.
The role of a mediator will also be to remind you to keep the larger picture in mind, instead of focusing on inconsequential issues. A mediator will be the controlling factor in case of heated arguments. They will also help the parties remain focused on the issue and the interests of the disputing parties rather than proving who was right or wrong.
The role of a mediator for divorce is not that of a counsellor who tries to keep the couple together, but to guide them towards the next stage of their lives by reaching a settlement.
Mediation can be helpful in cases regarding financial transactions, family matters, divorce, compensation, or any other matter which does not require complex legal procedures or evidence.
This forum allows them to remain in control, to be able to influence decisions, and not have the outcome imposed upon them. Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process and the role of the mediator is to encourage the spouses to discuss all aspects of a divorce and reach a decision about the future.
The spouses decide the divorce terms together while the mediator remains impartial, ensuring that they discuss all topics pertaining to the divorce.
Mediation is a less stressful and less costly alternative to court, the benefits of mediation are countless, and is a foundational part of our Simple Family Property Division and Complex Family Property Division divorces.